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Phone Options I Considered before moving away from Windows Phone

Aug 14

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Sunday, August 14, 2016 11:29 AM  RssIcon

I moved away from Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile\Windows Phone. DiffPlatformsYes, H-E-double hockey sticks IS getting chilly now!

Lately, I’ve become disillusioned with Windows 10 Mobile. I USED to love WP 7, 8 an 10, and most recently, my Lumia 550. BUT…. shortly after purchasing, it was bugging me (future blog).

SO. What are the other options? For me, there’s really just Android phones. I HATE iTunes, and I don’t want to have to buy a Mac to do some iPhone dev.

SO! In doing my research, I found myself going back to the GSM Arena and comparing LOTS of phones (weight, screen size, battery, etc). Well, I started keeping a OneNote table of the key PKIs that mean things to me.

I’m going share that list, and I hope you can use it too. If it’s helpful, please leave a comment, I would love to hear from you.

 

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Lumia 550

Lumia 550

Lumia 950
Lumia 950
Lumia 650
Lumia 650
Lumia 950XL
Lumia 950 XL
Surface Phone
Lumia 950 XL
Nexus 5X
Nexus 5X

Nexus 6P

Nexus 6P

Samsung

Galaxy S6

Samsung Galaxy S6

Samsung

Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7

LG G4
LG G4
LG G5
LG G5
OnePlus 2
OnePlus 2
HTC One M9
HTC One M9
HTC 10
HTC 10
Initial notes Used to be my current daily driver. Here for comparing high end Lumia phone with mid to high end Android phones. Great price, effectively makes 550 useless. Huge phone with huge price tag for a buggy OS on release. Rumours and more rumours, seems like Microsoft is trying to play catchup again and trying to keep people complacent with this carrot on a stick for mid 2017 Affordable, right size and carrier unlocked. My current daily driver. Also in the running, but very big, phablet territory. Here for flagship comparisons, but last years model. Here for flagship comparisons, but very expensive. Water resistant is attractive though. Locked into Rogers is also a negative Here for flagship comparisons, but last years model. Here for flagship comparisons, but expensive. A good friend recommended this one. Good phone but seems hard to acquire. Predecessor to HTC 10 recently announced. Recently announced, promises to be a great device
Released 02-2016! 02-2016! 03-2016! 02-2016! Rumour: Mid-2017 10-2015 09-2015 03-2015 02-2016 04-2015 04-2016! 08-2015 03-2015 04-2016
Manufacturer Microsoft Microsoft Microsoft Microsoft Microsoft LG Huawei Samsung Samsung LG LG OnePlus HTC HTC
OS Windows 10 Mobile Windows 10 Mobile Windows 10 Mobile Windows 10 Mobile Windows 10 Mobile Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 Android Lollipop v5.0.2 (Upgradable to Marshmallow) Android Marshmallow v6.0.1 Android Lollipop V5.1.1 (Upgradable to Marshmallow) Android Marshmallow v6.0.1 Android Lollipop v5.1 Android Lollipop v5.0, planned upgrade to Marshmallow v6.0 Android Marshmallow v6.0.1
Display 4.7" 5.2" 5.0" 5.7" ???? 5.2" 5.7" 5.1" 5.1" 5.5" 5.3" 5.5" 5.0" 5.2"
Resolution 720 X 1280 1440 X 2560 720 X 1280 1440 X 2560 1080 X 1920 1440 X 2560 1440 X 2560 1440 X 2560 1440 X 2560 1440 X 2560 1080 X 1920 1080 X 1920 1440 X 2560
Screen Protection NA Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 4 Gorilla Glass 3
Oleophobic coating
Gorilla Glass 4
Oleophobic coating
Gorilla Glass 4 Gorilla Glass 4 Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 4 Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 3 Gorilla Glass 4
Weight 142g 150g 122g 165g 136g 178g 138G 152g 155g 159g 175g 157g 161g
SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM or dual SIM Nano-Sim Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Micro-SIM Nano-SIM (single or dual) Dual Nano-SIM Nano-SIM Nano-SIM or Dual Nano-SIM
Memory \ RAM \ Expandable 8GB \ 1GB \ microSD** 32GB \ 3GB \ microSD* 16GB \ 1GB \ microSD* 32GG \ 3GB microSD* ?? \ 8GB 16 or 32MB \ 2MB 32 or 64 or 128MB \ 3GB 32 or 64 or 128 \ 3GB 32 or 64MB \ 4GB \ microSD* 32GB \ 4GB \ microSD** 32GB \ 4GB \ microSD* 16 \ 3GB or
64 \ 4GB
32GB \ 3GB 32 or 64GB \ 4GB \microSD*
CPU Snapdragon 210 Snapdragon 808 Snapdragon 212 Snapdragon 810 Snapdragon 830 Snapdragon 808 Snapdragon 810 Exynos 7420 Octa Snapdragon 820 Snapdragon 808 Snapdragon 820 Snapdragon 810 Snapdragon 810 Snapdragon 820
Cost (CDN, purchase, without taxes) $189 $750 $200 $850 $440 (16MB), $500 (32MB) $700 (32MB)
$750 (64MB)
$849 (128GB)
$750 $900 $700 $800 $? (16GB)
$450 (64GB)
$850 $1000
Camera (Back\Front) 5MP\2MP 20MP\5MP 8MP\5MP 20MP\5MP 12.3MP\5MP 12.3MP\8MP 16MP\5MP 12MP\5MP 16MP\8MP 16MP\8MP 13MP\5MP 20MP\4MP 12MP\5MP
Carrier Locked N N N N N N Y Y Y Y N Y Y
Battery 2100mAh 3000mAh 2000mAh 3300mAh 2700mAh 3450mAh 2550mAh 3000mAh 3000mAh 2800mAh 3300mAh 2840mAh 3000mAh
Charging Cable v2.0 MicroUSB v3.1 USB Type-C v2.0 MicroUSB v3.1 Type-C v2.0 Type-C USB v2.0 Type-C USB v2.0 MicroUSB v2.0 MicroUSB v2.0 microUSB v3.0 USB Type-C v2.0 Type-C v2.0 MicroUSB v3.1 Type-C
CNet Rating No Rvw Value 7.0 6.8 7.2 7.9 8.4 8.9

9.0

8.0 8.4 7.8 8.0 8.0
Special Features
  • Battery easily lasts all day long.
  • Affordable price point
  • LOTS of problems at launch, non of the least OS was technically pre-release when $1000 phone was launched
  • Available four months late in Canada
  • Support Continuum
  • Wireless Qi charging
  • Fast type-C charging
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Fast type-C charging
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Fast type-C charging
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Dedicated Home button
  • Always on display
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Water resistant
  • Dedicated Home button
  • Always on display
  • Dual primary camera
  • Replaceable battery
  • Modular design
  • Only current phone with USB 3 support
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Notification center button selector
  • Dedicated Home button
  • Three-way sound switch for muting
  • Slick metal body
  • Stereo speakers (top and bottom)
  • Dedicated Home button
Pros
  • Great price!
  • Glance on swiping hand over light sensor
  • Glance on swiping hand over light sensor
  • Great price!
  • Glance on swiping hand over light sensor
  • Biggest, baddest Windows 10 Mobile phoneType-C charging
  • GOING to be the biggest, badest, bestest Windows Phone…next year
  • Very cost effective
  • Always up to date OS
  • Ambient display, Doze
  • Double tap PWR button for camera
  • Fast type-C charging
  • Always up to date OS
  • Ambient display, Doze
  • Double tap PWR button for camera
  • Fast type-C charging
  • Three-way sound switch for muting
Cons
  • Laggy
  • Cortana useless (at least in CAN)
  • Wifi VERY unreliable
  • Apps are slowly eroding away
  • No dedicated camera button
  • Apps are slowly eroding away
  • No dedicated camera button
  • No type-C charging
  • No dedicated camera button
  • Dogged by substantial build quality issues in both hardware and OS
  • Next year, seems to be repeating mantra from Microsoft (will this get pushed yet again?)
  • Reported average battery life, but I’ve found it quite nice
  • No microSD slot
  • Apparently battery gets hot with regular usage, I’ve seen during some game play only
  • People complain about lagging and battery throughout day
  • Latest reports saying manufacturer supplied wall charger sends electricity down USB cable even when NOT plugged into phone, apparently NOT completely UCB Type C compliant
  • Very big phone, bordering on phablet territory
  • Ambient display reacts unpredictably from readers
  • Latest reports saying manufacturer supplied wall charger sends electricity down USB cable even when NOT plugged into phone, apparently NOT completely UCB Type C compliant
  • No microSD slot, so make sure you get the right size when you buy
  • Modular design is more gimmicky for me right now, but being able to replace battery could be upsell feature for resale
  • Initial reviews talk about paint flicking off on the bottom module, euuw!
  • Type-C charging cable but no high-speed charging
Defining Features
  • Low cost Windows 10 Mobile
  • Affordable and performant Windows 10 Mobile
  • No frills Windows 10 Mobile with great processor and great price
  • Seemingly forever juuuuust out of reach of consumers
  • Cost effective unlocked and upgradable Android but not expandable memory
  • Flagship unlocked upgradable Android
  • Last years flagship version
  • Old process for flagship price? No thanks.
  • Flagship android phone but $900 before tax puts it over a thousand dollars.
  • Last years alternative flagship
  • Modular design is still unproven in marketplace.
  • No high speed charging.
  • Stereo speakers (top and bottom)
  • A grand?! Are you KIDDING ME?
Ebay.ca $99  $521-1010  $152-$300  $600-$1000  $324-$454  $518-$531  $364-$513  $731-$1126  $309-$454  $687-$1167
Links

GSM Arena

Microsoft

GSM Arena

Microsoft

GSM Arena

Microsoft

GSM Arena

Microsoft

GSM Arena

Google

MobileSyrup

GSM Arena

Google

Rogers

GSM Arena

Samsung

Rogers

GSM Arena

Samsung

Rogers

GSM Arena

LG

Rogers

GSM Arena

Android Central

LG

Rogers

GSM Arena

OnePlus

GSM Arena

HTC

GSM Arena

HTC


Legend and References
! These dates could be argued, but I went with general availability, ie when regular person (ie me!) could buy either online or at store.
* Accepts MicroSD up to 200GB
** Accepts MicroSD up to 128GB
Oleophobic coating: resistance to fingerprints
Gorilla Glass 3: scratch resistant but nearly no flexibility, when it breaks, it snaps in pieces
Gorilla Glass 4: apparently twice as strong as 3, scratch resistant and fairly flexible, when breaks it shatters into very small specs (ie more like dust than pieces)
Snapdragon 210
Snapdragon 212
Snapdragon 808
Snapdragon 810
Snapdragon 820

SO, that’s what I used to compare what I was used to carrying around (550) with numbers I can refer to (screen size, battery size, memory, etc) to what I was\did consider buying. I hope this is as useful for you as it was for me. Now it’s time to grab a coffee and get coding!

 

 

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